Maccarinelli: Haye Is About To Be Oil Slicked

WBO World Cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli has revealed the secret of his sensational KO punching power - he soaks his hands in pure virgin olive oil! Big Mac faces hammer-fisted WBA/WBC World Champion David Haye at the O2 Arena on March 8 in what promises to be one of the most explosive clashes of all time televised live in the UK on Setanta Sports 1 and on Showtime in the US..

The 6'4 Swansea fighter may speak with a broad Welsh accent, but his dad Mario hails from Italy, and it is to the Mediterranean that Big Mac has turned in his bid to become the undisputed number one.

"When I was an amateur, my dad made me soak my hands regularly in pure virgin olive oil from the hills around his home town of Brescia and I nearly knocked everybody out by the time I got out of a vest and headguard," said the 27-year-old who has halted 21 of his 29 opponents with 16 coming inside three round.

He continued, "Originally, It was a tip from one of the old-time boxers from the town who passed it to my dad, who was a boxer in his day, and he then passed it down to me,"

"After training and fights, I fill a bowl with the olive oil and leave my hands to soak for a while and then give them a good massage,"

"I thought my dad was having me on when we first tried it, but then I started banging them out one by one so I just kept it up."

Maccarinelli is not alone in using eccentric methods to toughen up his hands - the legendary former World Heavyweight Champion Jack Dempsey used to douse his hands in petrol.

In preparation for his big showdown against Haye, Mario has been shipping over hundreds of bottles from Brescia.

He added, "To be honest I neglected it a bit when I turned professional but have started doing it regularly again. Some of my best KO wins have been as a result of giving my hands a good soaking before the fight like against Marcelo Dominguez.

"It makes my hand really supple, and it's probably the reason I never have any problems with hand injuries,"

"My dad has had quite a few boxes delivered from Italy, they must think we are running a restaurant over here!"

"This fight will come down to who lands first and I'm going to be all over Haye like an oil slick right from the first bell."

Maccarinelli-Haye heads an explosive card at London's O2 Arena, which also features Kevin Mitchell's British Super-Featherweight title challenge against Carl Johanneson, plus Paul Smith against Cello Renda for the English Middleweight Championship. The action-packed card also features Souleymane M'Baye, Billy Saunders, brothers Liam, Michael and Ryan Walsh, Eddie Corcoran and Denton Vassell.

Tickets for Bombs Away, priced at 55, 80, 100, 150, 200, 300, 500 & 1000, are available from See Tickets on 0870 060 3794 (Tickets are subject to a booking fee)

Article posted on 08.02.2008

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